Archive | April, 2014

Dan Gibson & Ashtar Ron Allen – Mystic Sky

28 Apr

Dan Gibson & Ashtar Ron Allen - Mystic Sky DS377f front

I’m sure we’ve all seen those New-Age ‘relaxation’ CD’s that are meant to help you relax, etc. Well this is one that was Dolby Surround encoded. So turn off the lights, close your eyes, relax and let the ‘music’ envelope you………..

Release: DS377f

Source: Dolby Surround CD

Process: DS/IIa


Tess of the d’Urbevilles – BBC UHJ play

28 Apr

For anyone that may be interested, the above UHJ encoded play is being broadcast on ‘Radio 4 Extra‘ here in the UK. One of the four episodes is broadcast each day, starting today, and thankfully is broadcast  three times a day at 10.oo, 15.oo and 03.00 the following morning. (UK time)

For those in the UK, you can forget DAB as the station broadcasts in mono, but it is available in hiigh bit-rate stereo via Freeview, Freesat/Sky.

For those outside the UK, it is possible to listen via the web, just pop along to the stations web-site.

The Beach Boys – Sunflower

26 Apr

The Beach Boys - Sunflower DS376f front

Click for info on album

Release: DS376f

Source: DY CD

Process: DY/II


Chicago – III

25 Apr

Chicago - III DS375f front

Withdrawn due to pending reissue

Click for a review of this album

Release: DS375f

Source: SQ LP

Process: SQ/II


Original Soundtrack – Funny Girl

17 Apr

Original Soundtrack - Funny Girl DS372f front

For those interested in the differences between the stereo and quad mixes of an album, this page lists them for this release.

Release: DS372f

Source: SQ LP

Process: SQ/II


The Sound Of Stereo Today

11 Apr

The Sounds of Stereo Today CB016

I wish to offer a sampler Q8 from RCA titled strangely enough ‘The Sound of Stereo Today’ or ‘The Sounds of Stereo Today’. It seems comparing front and back covers there is some confusion. Referring to a 4 channel tape as stereo RCA appears uncertain what it is. Fish or foul. That’s OK as it is 1971 again and hearing the theme from ‘Mission Impossible’ in quad is worth the price of admission. Everything else is icing. Your mileage may vary. Enjoy  CB

Release: CB016

Source: Q8


Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Pictures At An Exhibition

10 Apr

ELP - Pictures At An Exhibition DS369f front

“Pictures…” has been in ELP’s repertoire since the band formed in 1970, and has been recorded live many times, the first, and probably the most famous, version being released in 1971, which made it into the Top 10 LP chart. But it wasn’t until 1993 that a studio version emerged, recorded and mixed in Dolby Surround for inclusion in the “Return of the Manticore” boxset, but was later added as a bonus track on the 1994 album “In The Hot Seat”

Although there was something of a fanfare when it was announced ‘Pictures…” would be in Dolby Surround, i feel the mix isn’t as good as it could have been given a little imagination.

This is the first release of a Dolby Surround encoded album decoded by the new DS/II process. Many would question the need for such a process as almost all home cinema set-ups include official Dolby Surround/Pro-logic decoders. Well basically, i feel they do a poor job in decoding, giving a poorly defined, low separation (3db between fronts and rear) decode. I just felt it could be better.

I’d like to thank Owen Smith for his invaluable help during the final listening tests section of the decode development process.

Release: DS369f

Source: Dolby Surround  CD

Process: DS/II


London Symphony Brass – American Brass!

7 Apr

American Brass! - London Symphony Brass DS368f front

Release: DS368f

Source: UHJ CD

Process: UHJ/II


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